Sweden 

Notable Swedish Christians: Sven Anderson

Some years ago I came by the 2-volume Dictionary of Evangelical Biography (1730-1860) which I admit is a bit obscure. But I thought I’d trawl its pages for entries on Swedish Christians to learn more about its notable figures and history. We’ll take the series alphabetically.  I couldn’t find any more references on-line and the entry is short so I’ll repeat it in full. Sven, from Göteborg (1746-1816) was a Moravian missionary to the Labrador Inuit. He was a harness-maker by trade and a Lutheran before becoming a member of the Moravian…

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Sweden 

Notable Swedish Christians: Israel Acrelius

Some years ago I came by the 2-volume Dictionary of Evangelical Biography (1730-1860) which I admit is a bit obscure. But I thought I’d trawl its pages for entries on Swedish Christians to learn more about its notable figures and history. We’ll take the series alphabetically.  Israel Acrelius (1714-1800) was, as most Swedish Christians were, a Lutheran. He was also a historian of Swedes in colonial America. He was at first reluctant to go because of his lack of English, which is in marked contrast to Swedes today. He struggled to learn…

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Sweden 

Sweden is set up differently

I’m reading Michael Booth’s The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the myth of the Scandinavian Utopia and it’s absolutely fascinating. In one of the chapters on Sweden he quotes author & historian Henrik Berggren. Sweden is set up differently. The main objective is not to be dependent on your family, the wife shouldn’t be dependent on her husband, the children should be autonomous when they are eighteen, old people should not be dependent on their children taking care of them, and therefore to a large extent the state steps in and provides…

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Church Sweden 

Journey of a Church Planter: Emma Whittall in Stockholm

My friend Hazel Flood asked my wife Emma to write on her blog and Hazel kindly allowed me to republish it here including Hazel’s introduction and closing question. I’m delighted to welcome Emma Whittall to the blog today. Emma and her family planted a church in Stockholm 3.5 years ago, no small thing I’m sure you’d agree. A while back I asked if she would tell her story of church planting and what the journey towards it was like, she generously agreed. It’s valuable to hear what it’s like for…

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Sweden 

Religion in Sweden

What to say about faith in Sweden? How do you read the numbers?  Is God dead in Europe or not? Is the news of the demise of Christianity in Sweden premature? Well, depends where you look. Wherever you look though most reckon on around 3-5% of Swedes regularly attend church; it’s considerably lower in Stockholm (maybe 1-2%). Right now Sweden is a very secular nation. However the religious outlook for Sweden is not necessarily one of increasing secularism. The number of Muslims as a share of the population is likely to increase,…

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Sweden 

10 things that are a little strange about life in Sweden

It’s only fair after having pointed out 10 things that I’ve found to be a little better about life in Sweden, to think about the reverse. Switching cultures and countries you spot things that stand out; sometimes because they’re better and sometimes because they’re not. Here’s my 10 in no particular order: This one is a particular bug-bear of mine, but the Swedes don’t appear to know the proper use of car indicators. It’s a bit like the use of the horn in places like Pakistan, where the horn can…

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Off to Sweden

So today I’m off to Sweden for a week, a few days in Malmo (SW Sweden) and a few days near Kalmar (SE Sweden) looking to see where we might base ourselves for language learning over the next year or so. If you remember prayers for the family while I’m away and prayers for wisdom in taking on board all the information and coming up with the a good decision at the end of it all.

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Live longer (move to Sweden)

It should come as no surprise that I’ll be blogging about the country that in a few months time I’ll begin to call ‘home’. Many church planters will actively promote the ‘influence’ of their city like various sorts of religious tourist agencies. I’ll no doubt do that myself at some point and I’ll be relying on you to keep me humble and not start taking myself too seriously all of a sudden. Sweden is a beautiful country and we’re looking forward to living there but statistically speaking the move raises…

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